Solar System Exploration
Mating of LVA
September 17, 2004
Mating of LVA
Ranger 9 was the last of the Ranger series of spacecraft launched in the 1960s to explore the moon and was designed to image and impact the moon's crater Alphonsus. This video from 1965 includes im...
WE. ARE. NASA. And after 60 years, we're just getting started.
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Take a Tour of Asteroid Bennu
Tour of Asteroid Bennu
On Jan. 22, 2012, the Sun erupted with a solar flare, a coronal mass ejection, and a burst of highly energetic protons known as solar energetic particles.
Striking 3-D detail highlights a towering mountain, the brightest spots and other features on dwarf planet Ceres in a new video from NASA's Dawn mission.
Tour Weird Ceres: Bright Spots and a Pyramid-Shaped Mountain
The Sun emitted a significant solar flare on Dec. 19, 2014.
Holiday Lights on the Sun: Imagery of a Solar Flare
As the solar wind flows from the sun, it creates a bubble in space known as the "heliosphere" around our solar system.
The Bubble of Our Solar System
This colorful spectrogram represents data collected by Cassini's Radio and Plasma Wave Science instrument as it crossed through Saturn's D ring on May 28, 2017.
Cassini's First D-Ring Crossing
This rotating mosaic of asteroid Bennu is composed of 40 images captured by the PolyCam imager onboard NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft over a four-hour period on Dec. 2, 2018.
Asteroid 101955 Bennu Rotating
The six Apollo landing sites are revealed chronologically as the phase and libration of the Moon is shown throughout the Apollo era.
Video: Apollo Landing Sites
This animation, made using data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the topography of Occator crater on Ceres.
Circling Occator Crater on Ceres
Jets of icy particles burst from Saturn's moon Enceladus in this brief movie sequence of four images taken on Nov. 27, 2005.
Enceladus Plume Movie
A mission concept to explore Jupiter's intriguing moon system.
The Europa Jupiter System Mission
Since the 1960’s, scientists have suspected that frozen water could survive in cold, dark craters at the Moon’s poles.
Water on the Moon
What can you see in the December sky? Beautiful pairings of planets and the crescent Moon throughout the month, at sunrise and sunset.
What's Up: December 2019 [Video]
NASA's Cassini has found salt in Saturn's E ring, hinting that the moon Enceladus could have an underground liquid reservoir, perhaps even an ocean.
Briny Breath of Enceladus
Cassini mission leads Earl Maize and Linda Spilker talked about the spacecraft's epic journey and science - and the exciting two-part grand finale.
Revealing Saturn: Cassini's Grand Finale (Video)
Join us in our search for life beyond Earth.
This graphic shows in a series of three images how Saturn's rings, after they became tilted relative to Saturn's equatorial plane, would have transformed into a corrugated ring.
Tilting Saturn's Rings
Explore the process that Johannes Kepler undertook when he formulated his three laws of planetary motion.
Orbits and Kepler's Laws
Have you ever seen a meteorite streaking across the sky? If so, you may very well have seen part of the asteroid, Vesta!
Dawn, Mission to the Asteroid Belt
This animation shows the last 30 seconds of Cassini's X- and S-band radio signals as they disappeared from mission control on Sept. 15, 2017.
Cassini's last X- and S-band radio signals
What can you see in the April sky? The Moon visits Mars in the evening, and later joins Saturn and Jupiter for a spot of tea. Also, how to find Polaris, the North Star.
What's Up: April 2019 Skywatching from NASA
This audio clip was created from radio signals received by the radio and plasma wave science instrument on the Cassini spacecraft.
Lightning Sounds from Saturn
The heavens often seem vast and unchanging as seen from Earth, but movement in the skies is the norm. The relative motions of both Cassini and Enceladus over a 15-minute period create the movement ...
Nevertheless, It Moves
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Hubble Snaps Stunning Barred Spiral Galaxy
Astronomers are winding back the clock on the expanding remains of a nearby, exploded star.
Rewinding the Clock to Calculate Age and Site of Supernova Blast
The heat probe hasn’t been able to gain the friction it needs to dig, but the mission has been granted an extension to carry on with its other science.
NASA InSight's ‘Mole' Ends Its Journey on Mars
NASA and Poland have agreed to cooperate on a NASA heliophysics mission, the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP).
NASA, Poland to Cooperate on Interplanetary Space Mission
Audio gathered by Perseverance may not sound quite the same on Mars as it would to our ears on Earth.
Perseverance Rover to Capture Sounds From Mars
How dark does space get? NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is helping answer that question.
New Horizons Spacecraft Answers Question: How Dark Is Space?